Malachi Kirby

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Malachi Kirby
Born(1989-09-20)20 September 1989[1]
Known forRoots
Home townLondon, England, UK

Malachi Kirby (born 20 September 1989) is an English actor known for his roles in Roots and Black Mirror.[2]

Kirby starred as Kunta Kinte in the 2016 version of Roots, portraying the lead character, Kunta Kinte.[3][4] His performance was well received by critics.[5][6]

Kirby was shortlisted for the 'Outstanding Newcomer' award at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.[7]

In October 2016, Kirby starred in an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror entitled "Men Against Fire", directed by Jakob Verbruggen.[8][9]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 My Murder
2012 My Brother the Devil
2012 Offender Harry
2013 Gone Too Far! Yemi
2014 Kajaki Snoop
2015 Dough
2016 Fallen Roland Sparks
Year Title Role Notes
2014 EastEnders Wayne Ladlow 8 episodes
2015 Doctor Who Gastron Episode: "Hell Bent"
2016 Roots Kunta Kinte
2016 Black Mirror Stripe Episode: "Men Against Fire"[9]

2019 cerfew


  1. ^ "Malachi Kirby". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ "EastEnders actor Malachi Kirby will play the lead role in a Roots reboot". Digital Spy. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Roots: Malachi Kirby joins black British actors taking centre stage in new adaptation of US slavery drama". The Independent. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Kunta Kinte played by Londoner Malachy Kirby". The Telegraph. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Roots, episode 1, review: 'Brit actor Malachi Kirby is exceptional in this powerful remake'". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  6. ^ Robinson, Joanna. "This Astonishing, Star-Making Turn Alone Makes Roots Must-See TV". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Malachi Kirby – The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Malachi Kirby To Star In Jakob Verbruggen-Directed Episode Of Netflix's 'Black Mirror'". Deadline. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  9. ^ a b "'Black Mirror', 'One Day At A Time' & More Get Premiere Dates On Netflix – TCA". Deadline. 27 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.

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